There are some taxes that folks just love. And in the last two weeks, people have been scrambling to pay one of them. I'm talking about Powerball.
America is in the midst of Powerball fever. And it's not hard to see why. The potential value of a winning ticket went from $40 million in November, to $800 million last Saturday night, to an estimated $1.3 billion as I record.
In interviews everywhere, people are fantasizing about what they would do with all that money. Many are admitting to buying tickets in bulk. Though in one a refreshing change of pace, a woman at a supermarket told a colleague that she wasn't playing because, "No one needs that kind of money." more >>
The Powerball lottery purse sits at a whopping $1.5 billion and many Americans are just imagining what they could do with the winnings: give to the poor, help family members or bless their church. But is it wrong for Christians to play the lottery? Would all pastors accept the money?
Ron Edmondson, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kentucky, isn't worried about trying to figure out whether or not he would accept tithes and offerings from lottery winnings should one of his congregants hit the jackpot, and he even offers a bit of humor regarding the matter.
"I'd rather wait to wrestle through this with God if it happens," he told The Christian Post in an email Tuesday. "Frankly, the odds are in my favor I won't have to do so." more >>
The Indian government looks set to deport a Roman Catholic nun who has cared for people with leprosy for over 40 years, after denying her a visa.
UCA News reported that Sister Bertilla Capra of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Congregation first arrived in India in 1970, and has since cared for people with leprosy for over four decades in Mumbai. Up until 2010 she had to renew her visa every five years, but new rules since then mandated that she renew every year.
Her latest visa expired in November, and she has been denied a renewal. Sister Capra revealed that she was told to leave the country in December, and if there is no reversal in the decision, she will have to do just that. more >>
No one won this week's Powerball jackpot, which means the jackpot will roll over to an estimated $800 million — the largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
According to the Associated Press, Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
But who is funding the game? more >>
With January's Powerball jackpot estimated at $700 million — the largest in U.S. history, according to ABC News — Christians might be tempted to play, but Pastor John Piper explains why he advises people to avoid the gambling trap.
In a post shared Tuesday on DesiringGod.org, Pastor John Piper, chancellor of Minnesota-based Bethlehem College & Seminary, discourages Christians from participating in lotteries, warning, " … you should not gamble with your money this way."
Below, the theologian outlines seven reasons why. more >>
"These Trump supporters are horrible; how do we get their vote?" is the contradictory message heard from various Democratic corners these days.
While Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has gained support with appeals to some of the worst aspects of the American zeitgeist, some liberals now recognize that his supporters are a demographic group that the Democrats should listen to.
The most detailed study yet of Trump supporters was reported by Nate Cohn Thursday for The New York Times. Using a massive sample of 11,000 potential Republican primary voters, Civis Analytics, a Democratic firm, found that Trump's core supporters are likely registered Democrats who tend to vote Republican in presidential races. more >>